Asking for a Letter of Recommendation

So You Need a Letter?

I am often asked to write letters of recommendation for students. This is an important part of our jobs as professors, but I often find myself struggling to write the letter I think the student needs because my experience with them is either limited to a single course or otherwise negative. I encourage students to consider reading this post by Chris Blattman before asking a professor for a letter. It obviously never hurts to ask, but it may also be worth having a discussion with the professor about what sort of letter you can expect based on their experience with you. I am always happy to have that discussion.

Cameron Wimpy
Cameron Wimpy
Assistant Professor and Interim Chair of Political Science

My research interests include political methodology, political economy, political violence, and public policy.

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